There is a new Sound Blaster X-Fi series Support Pack 2.5 by Daniel_K that came out on 10/26/11.
I've been searching myself for some answers to getting my creative card working correctly
with Windows 7 and ran across it. I'm not sure as to whether or not it would break the rules by
posting a link to it here. So just to be on the safe side I haven't. If a Moderator were to let
me know that it were OK to post it, then I will.
Problem I've been having is with the Creative Console Launcher > Mixer Window/Menu not showing
correct slider bars. I have installed and uninstalled the various creative drivers/Apps that are
listed for my Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro. (Side Note: Two drivers share the same name:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series driver 2.18.0015. But if you expand the "details" tab on them
then you'll see that the one for Vista and XP is SBXF_PCDRV_XPVT_LB_2_18_0015.exe
- and came out
on 2-16-11. The one for Windows 7 is SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0015.exe
- and came out 6-16-10. Why the
newer driver came out for the older operating systems is beyond me, as is the fact that they haven't
updated the Win7 driver? )
When I've uninstalled I've:
Uninstalled everything Creative in Control Panel > Programs & Features > Uninstall
Deleted all creative folders (Program files(x86),app data - local and roaming; common files; normal creative folders, etc. that I could find )
A. Extracted the SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0015.exe with WinRar. Open that folder > Drivers > SBXF > setup.exe to run the Creative Driver Update Utility.
B. Under Update Option check the Driver Uninstallation box.
C. Check the Delete all shared Creative audio driver files box.
D. Click OK.
E. Click Yes to the warning that follows.
F. Click OK to proceed with the uninstallation.
G. Click OK to reboot your system.
H. When system has rebooted, click Cancel when Windows detects new hardware.
( To make SURE this is done correctly check in Device Manager under Sound,video and game controllers. Your SBX-Fi
should NOT be listed anymore. But you should now see "Other Devices" with Multimedia Audio Controller listed in
Device Manager with the exclamation icon next to it. )
Run Ccleaner - registry cleaner to remove any leftovers ( back up reg just in case )
Re-Install the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series 2.18.0015 Win7 driver (SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0015.exe) and Creative Console Launcher 2.61.09 (CSL_PCAPP_LB_2_61_09.exe)
The Creative Console Launcher 2.61.09 is listed as being for XP and Vista. And when I have installed it I have tried both XP & Vista compatibility during and after installation. Neither way has worked.
There is a Creative Console Launcher 2.61.49 listed for XP, Vista & 7, but it is a BETA. And Creative warns you to...
"Take note of the following:
THIS IS AN UNSUPPORTED BETA APPLICATION. There is no technical support for this application.
We recommend that only experienced users install this application. Do not install this application on a system used to perform critical tasks.
Users who are looking for stable applications should wait for the final release. When this happens, user should install the latest Creative Console Launcher application available. "
This beta came out on 8-5-10. How long do they want us to "wait for the final release"?
I'm half tempted to try the Creative Console Launcher 2.61.35
that came out for the Titanium series of cards to see if that works or not. If I do, and it does, I will post my results back here.
After having said all that, my question is this: Should I try using Driver Sweeper 3.2 instead of manually deleting
the files and registry entries as I have been doing?
The reason I ask is I have read that Driver Sweeper removes some
entries in the registry that it shouldn't pertaining to Creative. Or is this information incorrect, i.e. it pertained
to an older version of Driver Sweeper and NOT the newest version?
Any information/answers you, or anyone else, would care to share on this would be greatly appreciated
( I did a search on Windows 7 & Creative. This seemed like the most appropriate place to post. If I have posted
in the wrong place, my apologies, and please feel free to move it. Thanks! )
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